Lycodon synaptor VOGEL & DAVID, 2010
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Boehme’s wolf Snake|
G: Böhmes Wolfszahnnatter
|Synonym||Lycodon synaptor VOGEL & DAVID 2010|
Lycodon synaptor — WALLACH et al. 2014: 396
Type locality: “Tongchuan, Yunnan”, today Dongchuan, 100 km north of Kunming, Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1905.1.30.63 (listed as Lycodon fasciatus in BMNH), adult female (tail dissected). Collected by the J. Graham Expedition, unknown date. Paratype. MNHN 1905.0283, adult female (tail dissected), from “Tongchuan Fu, Chine”, at present Dongchuan, Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China. Collected by W. F. H. Rosenberg on 21st July 1905.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A species of the genus Lycodon characterized by: (1) loreal scale not entering orbit; (2) 15–17 dorsal scale rows at the forepart of the body and 17 dorsal scale rows at midbody; (3) upper and vertebral dorsal rows (6–7) keeled; (4) 201–203 ventrals in females, males unknown; (5) 68–69 Sc in females, males unknown; (6) a relative tail length of about 0.189–0.192 in females, males unknown; (7) 8 supralabials with SL 4–6 touching the orbit (7) 30–31 narrow white bands on a dark body; (8) width of the first band vertebral 0.5–1.0 scales, on the base 3 ventrals; and (9) the belly with discreet bands throughout. The new species can be recognized by the combination of the loreal scale not entering orbit (entering in L. fasciatus sensu stricto), its narrow dorsal bands, with the first band starting at ventral 5–9 (more irregular in L. fasciatus [Fig. 4] and species of the L. ruhstrati group, where they usually start later) and the dark throat, which usually is light in other species of the L. fasciatus group and the L. ruhstrati group. Most other characters match with Lycodon fasciatus.|
|Etymology||“This species is indirectly named in honour of Dr. Wolfgang Böhme. It was always a publicized aim of Wolfgang Böhme to unite professional and amateur herpetologists. We, both authors have always been amateur herpetologists, so it is a delight for us to dignify his efforts towards this aim. The specific name synaptor, a noun in apposition, stems from the Greek word “συναψις” meaning “a connection”. In this case, this noun underlines the connection of these two kinds of herpetologists.”|
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